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ICE Arrests Illegal Alien from Mexico Who Entered U.S. Illegally 5 Times

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By Melanie Arter | October 9, 2019 | 12:04 PM EDT

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ICE arrested an illegal immigrant from Mexico who entered the country illegal at least five times and allegedly threatened to shoot ICE officers.

Cesar Diaz-Rodriguez was arrested by deportation officers on Tuesday in Houston, Texas, for illegal reentry. He had been removed from the country in 2017 for illegal firearm possession. He was also removed from the U.S. and returned to Mexico twice in September 2004 and again in October 2011.

ICE received anonymous tips through its tip-line that Diaz-Rodriguez threatened to shoot ICE officers.

Patrick Contreras, field office director for ICE Houston, said Diaz-Rodriguez “brazenly ignored U.S. immigration law, while simultaneously threatening the lives of the brave men and women sworn to uphold it.”

“By working together with our partners from ERO Boise, we have removed this dangerous criminal alien from the community before he could act on those cowardly threats,” he said.

Diaz-Rodriguez is in ICE custody in Texas awaiting prosecution for illegal reentry.


Good News: Mississippi Business Owner Sentenced To Prison After Employing Illegal Alien

Source: Courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
On Tuesday, Townhall reported that a new poll shows 68 percent of Mississippians want business owners in their state to be prosecuted for employing illegal aliens. This sentiment was shared with both a majority of Republicans and Democrats. The poll was in response to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid, at a chicken plant operated by Koch Foods in Miss., which arrested hundreds of illegal aliens earlier this year. The company claimed to be unaware that more than 300 employees were foreign nationals. The raid, and subsequent legal proceedings, raised the question whether or not the business owners, who are based out of Chicago, would face legal punishment. Now, a recent case in Mississippi indicates that if equal enforcement of the law takes place, these business owners could face some penalties. 

The Department of Justice reports that Hector Valdez-Loera, 42, of Madison, Miss. was given one year and one day in prison, followed by three years probation last Friday for "for harboring an illegal alien for commercial advantage and private financial gain." Valdez-Loera was also ordered to pay a fine of $79,784.00. 
The Mississippi man in question owns Madison Concrete. In April 2017, ICE agents entered a home in search of an illegal alien fugitive who was scheduled for deportation. Upon entering the home, they apprehended two other illegal aliens living in the residence. Their main suspect had already left for work, they discovered. ICE agents then learned he worked for Valdez-Loera. Authorities went to the construction site where a number of workers fled into the woods. According to the press release, "Valdez-Loera hired illegal aliens who either had social security numbers that did not exist or belonged to someone deceased. He failed to check E-Verify to determine legitimacy of his workers and referred to them as subcontractors, when they were in fact his employees." 
ICE apprehended Valdez-Loera and he pleaded guilty in May 2019 and Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III sentenced him Friday.
Pro-illegal immigrant activists often argue that businesses like the one run by Valdez-Loera need to hire illegal aliens due to a dearth of American citizens seeking to do manual labor. However, after the aforementioned chicken plant raid, a job fair at Koch Foods showed this to be empirically not true:
Shortly after, the company held a job fair in compliance with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security in order to find new employees. The company had more than 200 applications by noon.  The MDES says Koch Foods reached out to the government agency for assistance in making sure the employees were all properly vetted and legally in the U.S.

Poll: 68 Percent Of Mississippians Want Business Owners Who Employed Illegal Aliens Prosecuted


Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File
We all know that the Trump administration is cracking down on illegal immigrants who enter the country, but what about employers who encourage this violation of law by offering them jobs? A recent poll shows that in Mississippi, where one of the largest Immigration and Customs enforcement raids ever took place at a chicken plant factory, Americans want the government to prosecute management and business owners who dodge immigration law via cheap, under the table employment of foreign nationals for economic advantages.

In August 2019 federal authorities raided a Mississippi business and arrested 680 individuals suspected of being in the country illegally. According to The Clarion Ledger, "300 were released within 27 hours. More since have been let out on bond, some equipped with ankle monitors. Though no longer behind bars, they face immigration court hearings. Some have been accused of federal felonies, mostly related to the use of fraudulent Social Security cards."
Now, a new poll shows that 68 percent of Mississippians want these business owners to face prosecution for their crimes of illegally employing foreign nationals. This opinion is bipartisan, "Republicans were more likely than Democrats to agree that the owners of the chicken plants should be prosecuted, the survey said. More than 76 percent of voters who identified as strong Republicans favored prosecution, while less than 52 percent of strong Democrats felt the same," The Clarion Ledger notes. 
Shortly after the raid, the company held a job fair for legal Americans. As reported, hundreds of people showed up seeking these now-open opportunities. 
Shortly after, the company held a job fair in compliance with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security in order to find new employees. The company had more than 200 applications by noon.  The MDES says Koch Foods reached out to the government agency for assistance in making sure the employees were all properly vetted and legally in the U.S.
As previously reported, there is precedent for business owners being prosecuted for illegal immigration violations. In late July 2019, James Brantley, age 62, "received a year and a half in prison for employing more than 100 illegal aliens, avoiding millions in taxes, and underpaying his employees."  The ICE raid on his slaughter house in July 2018 was the largest single ICE raid in decades.

"In the decade following the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the capitalist class has delivered powerful blows to the social position of the working class. As a result, the working class in the US, the world’s “richest country,” faces levels of economic hardship not seen since the 1930s."

"Inequality has reached unprecedented levels: the wealth of America’s three richest people now equals the net worth of the poorest half of the US population."


Report: California’s Middle-Class Wages Rise by 1 Percent in 40 Years

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Middle-class wages in progressive California have risen by 1 percent in the last 40 years, says a study by the establishment California Budget and Policy Center.

“Earnings for California’s workers at the low end and middle of the wage scale have generally declined or stagnated for decades,” says the report, titled “California’s Workers Are Increasingly Locked Out of the State’s Prosperity.” The report continued:
In 2018, the median hourly earnings for workers ages 25 to 64 was $21.79, just 1% higher than in 1979, after adjusting for inflation ($21.50, in 2018 dollars) (Figure 1). Inflation-adjusted hourly earnings for low-wage workers, those at the 10th percentile, increased only slightly more, by 4%, from $10.71 in 1979 to $11.12 in 2018.
The report admits that the state’s progressive economy is delivering more to investors and less to wage-earners. “Since 2001, the share of state private-sector [annual new income] that has gone to worker compensation has fallen by 5.6 percentage points — from 52.9% to 47.3%.”
In 2016, California’s Gross Domestic Product was $2.6 trillion, so the 5.6 percent drop shifted $146 billion away from wages. That is roughly $3,625 per person in 2016.
The report notes that wages finally exceeded 1979 levels around 2017, and it splits the credit between the Democrats’ minimum-wage boosts and President Donald Trump’s go-go economy.
The 40 years of flat wages are partly hidden by a wave of new products and services. They include almost-free entertainment and information on the Internet, cheap imported coffee in supermarkets, and reliable, low-pollution autos in garages.
But the impact of California’s flat wages is made worse by California’s rising housing costs, the report says, even though it also ignores the rent-spiking impact of the establishment’s pro-immigration policies:
 In just the last decade alone, the increase in the typical household’s rent far outpaced the rise in the typical full-time worker’s annual earnings, suggesting that working families and individuals are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. In fact, the basic cost of living in many parts of the state is more than many single individuals or families can expect to earn, even if all adults are working full-time.
Specifically, inflation-adjusted median household rent rose by 16% between 2006 and 2017, while inflation-adjusted median annual earnings for individuals working at least 35 hours per week and 50 weeks per year rose by just 2%, according to a Budget Center analysis of US Census Bureau, American Community Survey data.
The wage and housing problems are made worse — especially for families — by the loss of employment benefits as companies and investors spike stock prices by cutting costs. The report says:
Many workers are being paid little more today than workers were in 1979 even as worker productivity has risen. Fewer employees have access to retirement plans sponsored by their employers, leaving individual workers on their own to stretch limited dollars and resources to plan how they’ll spend their later years affording the high cost of living and health care in California. And as union representation has declined, most workers today cannot negotiate collectively for better working conditions, higher pay, and benefits, such as retirement and health care, like their parents and grandparents did. On top of all this, workers who take on contingent and independent work (often referred to as “gig work”), which in many cases appears to be motivated by the need to supplement their primary job or fill gaps in their employment, are rarely granted the same rights and legal protections as traditional employees.
The center’s report tries to blame the four-decade stretch of flat wages on the declining clout of unions. But unions’ decline was impacted by the bipartisan elites’ policy of mass-migration and imposed diversity.
In 2018, Breitbart reported how Progressives for Immigration Reform interviewed Blaine Taylor, a union carpenter, about the economic impact of migration:
TAYLOR: If I hired a framer to do a small addition [in 1988], his wage would have been $45 an hour. That was the minimum for a framing contractor, a good carpenter. For a helper, it was about $25 an hour, for a master who could run a complete job, it was about $45 an hour. That was the going wage for plumbers as well. His helpers typically got $25 an hour.
Now, the average wage in Los Angeles for construction workers is less than $11 an hour. They can’t go lower than the minimum wage. And much of that, if they’re not being paid by the hour at less than $11 an hour, they’re being paid per piece — per piece of plywood that’s installed, per piece of drywall that’s installed. Now, the subcontractor can circumvent paying them as an hourly wage and are now being paid by 1099, which means that no taxes are being taken out. [Emphasis added]
Diversity also damaged the unions by shredding California’s civic solidarity. In 2007, the progressive Southern Poverty Law Center posted a report with the title “Latino Gang Members in Southern California are Terrorizing and Killing Blacks.” In the same year, an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times described another murder by Latino gangs as “a manifestation of an increasingly common trend: Latino ethnic cleansing of African Americans from multiracial neighborhoods.”
The center’s board members include the executive director of the state’s SEIU union, a professor from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the research director at the “Program for Environmental and Regional Equity” at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Outside California, President Donald Trump’s low-immigration policies are pressuring employers to raise Americans’ wages in a hot economy. The Wall Street Journal reportedAugust 29:
Overall, median weekly earnings rose 5% from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the same quarter in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For workers between the ages of 25 and 34, that increase was 7.6%.

The New York Times laments that reduced immigration does force wages upwards and also does force companies to buy labor-saving, wage-boosting machinery. Instead, NYT prioritizes "ideas about America’s identity and culture.” 

NYT Admits Fewer Immigrants Means Higher Wages, More Labor-Saving Machines

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Xavier Becerra breaks the news, files suit against Trump administration public-charge rule.

August 19, 2019

More than 22 million people are illegally present in the United States, according to a recent study by scholars at MIT and Yale. Pew Research pegged the figure at 11 million, and for years it stood as the official count for media and government. It now emerges that 11 million is more like the number illegally present in California alone.
“California is home to over 10 million immigrants,” reads a chart displayed by California attorney general Xavier Becerra and governor Gavin Newsom as they announced a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s public-charge rule. “Immigrants,” is California code for “illegals,” a term the state’s ruling class has banned. As Rachel Bovard notes at American Greatness, even a legal immigrant’s ability “to stay off the welfare system must be taken into account when considering qualifications for a green card.”  
California heaps welfare benefits on those illegally present, including nearly $100 million for health care in the recent budget. Many of those 10 million illegals came to California specifically to get those taxpayer-funded benefits. It disturbs Becerra and Newsom that this disqualifies the recipients from any future legal status, but there’s more to it. As attorney Madison Gesiotto explains in The Hill, voting must also be taken into account. 
“Voting as an illegal alien in federal elections is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, deportation, or inadmissibility.” According to a State Department investigation, false-documented illegals have been voting in federal, state and local elections for decades. In 1996, illegals cast 784 votes against Republican Robert Dornan in a congressional race Democrat Loretta Sanchez won by only 984 votes.
If Newsom and Becerra are certain that more than 10 million people illegally reside in the state, they doubtless know how many voted in 2016. Trouble is, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla refused to release any voter information to a federal voter-fraud probe.
Back in 2015, Padilla told the Los Angeles Times, “At the latest, for the 2018 election cycle, I expect millions of new voters on the rolls in the state of California,” with “new voters” code for ineligible voters. True to form, by March, 2018, more than one million “undocumented” immigrants received driver’s licenses from the state Department of Motor Vehicles, which automatically registered them to vote under the “Motor Voter” program.
Padilla is now claiming that only six “California residents” were erroneously added to voter rolls for 2018, that it was all due to DMV errors, and that none was guilty of “fraudulently voting or attempting to vote.” To paraphrase John Goodman in The Big Lebowski, this is what happens when the governor’s own department of finance, not the official state auditor, investigates the DMV.
In reality, California officials know full well how many non-citizens voted in 2016 and 2018. With more than 10 million illegals in the state, the ballpark figure of one million illegal voters is probably low. In California, illegals are the Democrats’ electoral college, and the Democrats reward them with welfare benefits and protection from deportation through sanctuary laws. This raises another issue.
Illegals’ use of welfare benefits and practice of voting in federal elections disqualifies them from legal residency and citizenship. This makes for a permanent group of more than 10 million foreign nationals in California alone. In these conditions, Congress should start pushing back.
Public officials who apportion taxpayer-funded benefits for foreign nationals should be required to register as agents of the governments of those foreign nationals. The primary candidates would be the governments of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which Gavin Newsom visited before he had even toured his own state.
State and federal governments should also bill the foreign governments for welfare, medical, education and incarceration costs. Some of this could be alleviated by a tax on remissions, such as the 33.4 billion Mexicans abroad sent back last year. That amount is impossible without massive inputs from U.S. taxpayers. Legitimate citizens and legal immigrants have no obligation to relieve foreign governments of responsibility for their own citizens.
Meanwhile, as Rachel Bovard also notes, the Trump administration’s new rule only updates a 1996 law proclaiming “inadmissible” those aliens likely to become a public charge. The law was supported by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden and other leading Democrats.  The Trump administration measure gives more definition to what constitutes a welfare benefit, food stamps, Medicaid, public housing assistance and such. Those benefits are all for legitimate citizens and legal immigrants but Bovard cites Census data showing that 63 percent of non-citizens use the welfare system.
Those who thought there were only 11 million illegals nationwide were mistaken. Thanks to Jerry Brown crony Gavin Newsom, and Xavier Becerra, once on Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate, Americans now understand that “more than 10 million” illegally reside in California alone, and that might understate the figure.
The MIT-Yale estimate ranges as high as 29.1 million nationwide, more than the population of Australia, with 25,088,636 and a veritable occupation. To all but the willfully blind, politicians have abandoned the rule of law, and made false-documented illegals a protected, privileged class.
This is how a nation loses its sovereignty. 

Census Bureau: 


Immigration Driving Half of 


U.S. Population Growth




Immigration to the United States is now driving nearly half of all population growth in the country instead of increased birth rates, the U.S. Census Bureau finds.

The latest Census Bureau estimates on the U.S. population reveal that about 48.5 percent of all population growth is driven by the country’s mass illegal and legal immigration policy, where more than 1.5 million foreign nationals are admitted to the country every year.

Axios analysis by Stef Knight details the growing share to which immigration is increasingly driving population growth across the U.S. Since 2011, for example, the level to which immigration has accounted for overall population growth has increased more than 13 percent.

According to the Wall Street Journal analysis, about nine percent of U.S. counties are growing solely because of immigration. This concludes that about nine percent of counties have regional birth rates that do not exceed the annual number of deaths in the area.
Similarly, the Wall Street Journal notes, more than half of all population growth in states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Kansas, and Michigan, among others, is because of immigration.

Though pundits have claimed that the country’s admittance of 1.2 million legal immigrants a year is necessary to increase birth rates, researchers have found that the growth of the immigrant population has little impact on birth rates.

Center for Immigration Studies Director of Research Steven Camarota discovered in his latest study this year that “immigrant fertility has only a small impact on the nation’s overall birth rate,” citing that immigrants in the U.S. raise the nation’s birth rate for all women by two births per 1,000 women.

“Immigration has a minor impact because the difference between immigrant and native fertility is too small to significantly change the nation’s overall birth rate,” Camarota noted in the study.

At current legal immigration levels, the U.S. population is set to hit an  unprecedented 404 million residents by 2060 — including a foreign-
born population of 69 million.

The U.S. does not have to rapidly increase its total resident population and foreign-born population, as legal immigration moratoriums have been implemented in the past to give time for new arrivals to properly assimilate to American life. 

Halting all immigration to the country would stabilize the population to a comfortable 329 million residents in the next four decades.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder


“Between 2005 and 2017, chain migration, alone, brought nearly 10 million foreign nationals to the U.S.”

DOJ: Federal Arrests of Foreigners More than Tripled in Last 20 Years

DOJ: Federal Arrests of Foreigners More Than Tripled in Last 20 Years

As Breitbart News reported, though non-U.S. citizens represent just seven percent of the total U.S. population, they accounted for 15 percent of all federal arrests and 15 percent of all prosecutions for non-immigration related crimes in 2018. This indicates that non-U.S. citizens were about 2.3 times as likely to be arrested or prosecuted for non-immigration related crimes.
For non-immigration offenses, the total of federal arrests for non-U.S. citizens between 1998 and 2018 increased nearly eight percent, and between 2017 and 2018 rose almost ten percent.
Non-U.S. citizens were most likely to be prosecuted for illegal re-entry, that is illegal aliens who have been previously deported, drugs, fraud, alien smuggling, and misuse of visas.
A 2018 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report discovered nearly all illegal and legal immigrants in U.S. federal prisons are from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Guatemala.
Between 2010 and 2015, the average annual cost to incarcerate criminal illegal and legal immigrants slightly decreased — as the criminal alien population slightly decreased as well — from $1.56 billion to about $1.42 billion. That cost is paid for by American taxpayers who are forced to offset the costs of mass immigration to the country.
Every year, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million foreign nationals, with the overwhelming majority arriving through the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized are able to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country. Between 2005 and 2017, chain migration, alone, brought nearly 10 million foreign nationals to the U.S.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 


Almost 1 Million Border Arrests in Fiscal 2019, Says Border Commissioner

1 CommentsOctober 8, 2019 Updated: October 8, 2019
WASHINGTON—Almost 1 million illegal or inadmissible immigrants were apprehended by border agents along the southern border during fiscal 2019, according to Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The number hasn’t been that high since fiscal 2007.
“These numbers are numbers that no immigration system in the world is designed to handle, including ours,” Morgan said during a press briefing at the White House on Oct. 8.
The volume peaked in May, with 144,000 people either crossing illegally or presenting themselves without legal paperwork at ports of entry. The largest group encountered consisted of 1,036 Central Americans who illegally crossed into El Paso on May 29.
Since May, the number of apprehensions has steadily decreased each month, and September marked the lowest number of law enforcement actions (52,000) during fiscal 2019.
“Just four short months ago, our daily apprehensions were close to 5,000. And today … it’s below 1,700,” Morgan said. “We went from over 19,000 people in custody, just four short months ago, to less than 4,000.”
Morgan said he’d like Border Patrol apprehensions to reach zero, but in reality, 500 per day would be manageable.
“We have essentially ended catch-and-release. If you come to our borders now with a child, it’s no longer an immediate passport into the interior of the United States,” Morgan said. “Instead, they will be afforded a lawful and expedited process, but they will not be released into the interior of the United States never to be heard from again.”

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A group of illegal aliens walk up the road after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico, near McAllen, Texas, on April 18, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

He said arrivals from families in fiscal 2019 more than tripled any previous fiscal year on record.
During the height of the border crisis, Border Patrol stations were so overwhelmed that some sectors were forced to release adults with children in as little as a few hours.
“Our Border Patrol facilities … were not designed to hold families or children. They were designed as police stations,” Morgan said. “The hundreds of thousands of families and children were told, coached, and made to believe if you make it to the United States border with a child, it was your passport into the interior United States.”
Several thousand fake families have been discovered by Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents since April. In one case, a Honduran man bought a baby in Guatemala for $80 so he could be released quickly as a family unit into the interior of the United States.

Mexico Cooperation

Morgan attributes the dramatic reduction in numbers to Mexico’s role in stemming the flow at both its southern and northern borders, as well as the “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers—also known as the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP).
“MPP allowed for migrants illegally crossing, or at the [ports of entry] without documents, to be returned to Mexico to await expedited immigration proceedings in the United States,” Morgan said. “If they have meritorious claims, they receive relief in just a few months, rather than waiting in limbo in the United States, sometimes for years. And if they have unsuccessful claims, they are swiftly returned to their home country, or they can return voluntarily.”
Morgan said more than 51,000 people have been enrolled in MPP so far, which got off to a shaky start in January in Tijuana and has since expanded along the border.
Mexico has agreed to provide humanitarian protections and work authorizations to MPP individuals for the duration of their stay, Morgan said.
He said the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration is also in Mexico assisting with the MPP program.

Mark Morgan
Mark Morgan, acting commissioner Customs and Border Protection, briefs media at the White House in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

“We’re now sending the message that, if you’re coming here as an economic migrant, you’re not going to be allowed into the United States. That’s driving a lot of people to return,” Morgan said.
Close to 90 percent of Central Americans who passed a credible fear screening at the border didn’t qualify for asylum in fiscal 2018, according to the Justice Department.
Morgan said the cooperation with Mexico, which now has 25,000 border troops, “is something really for the history books,” but that Central American countries are also stepping up.
He said the United States is helping those countries expand their asylum capabilities, as well as expediting the return of citizens who don’t qualify for asylum in the United States.
Long term, he said the United States will continue to work with Mexico and Central American nations to address drug smuggling organizations.
“We’re working with them on a daily basis to help them improve their ability to actually conduct operations within Mexico to go after the cartels and drug smuggling organizations and the gang members,” Morgan said.